One advantage is knowing that you and your family can be prepared and will be able to survive quite well when a disaster happens.
Others have found peace and confidence in their new learned skills along the path to grid-less-ness, but do not conjure up a romanticized version of happily churning your own butter and building an outhouse.
Off-grid living, whether urban, suburban, or rural, isn’t the easiest choice you’ll ever make!
Urbanites Live Off the Grid
The type of home in which you are living determines, in large part, the extent to which you can go grid-free.
If you are in a home with a yard, it is easier to become more self-sufficient.
Apartment life can accommodate a degree of off-grid living, probably in a smaller scale.
You are not alone in your thoughts, as more people are choosing this lifestyle.
Some are able to escape the noisy concrete city and move to quiet acreage in the Midwest or another idyllic country setting.
However, for many, like me, work and family obligations make that impossible, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do our best to live as off the grid as possible.
Going Off-Grid with Your Water and Food Supply
We need to use water for cooking, cleaning, and washing, we just need to be wise about our water usag
Whether your water comes from a well or the city, less is better.
Try some of these simple methods to reduce your dependence and cost of water:
- Short showers, maybe shower at the gym. A 5-minute shower can save you up to 1,000 gallons per month.
- Have a 5-gallon bucket in the shower to hold any water that is running while you find the right temperature for your shower. Use this water for plants or flushing the toilet.
- Keep a clean dishpan in the kitchen sink. It will hold the running water you use when washing hands and rinsing veggies.
- Use this water for your garden or washing dishes
- Install water saving showerheads, faucets, and toilets
- Use a rain barrel system to collect water for your garden
Begin to minimize your dependence on grocery stores by growing your own food as much as possible.
Start small with just 1 vegetable and 1 herb.
If the plants don’t seem to be thriving, try using more or less water, a fertilizer (consult a nursery), but be sure to make notes.
Growing food to any large extent is extremely difficult and can take years to master.
Apartment balconies can hold pots for vegetables and you can build vertical growing systems.
In a home, you can plant in flowerbeds, pick a spot in your yard for a garden or add containers for additional space.
Learn how to vertical garden and utilize the fence and exterior walls of your home. If you do not have the space to garden, consider community gardens.
They are a low-cost option
and give you an opportunity to know your neighbors.
Another option is to arrange with a neighbor that, in exchange for the use of their backyard for your garden, you’ll give them a percentage of the harvest.
You can cover the cost of water, fertilizer, seeds, mulch, and the like.
Choosing to become more self-sufficient and rely less on the grid can be an overwhelming thought.
It is a lifestyle choice, a commitment to use less, save money and prepare.
Take this suggestion and implement them into your life one by one.
You will find more money in your budget to stock up on food and other emergency supplies for your family as you implement urban living off-grid.
Maybe this will increase your savings so you can get that acreage in your favorite rural countryside.
*Ready to live off the grid? Check with city and county codes before going partial or completely off grid.